Hydrogen is a fuel of the future and attracts great interest among the population. Around 100 people took part in the public event “Hydrogen H2 – Fuel for Climate Protection” in Buchs (AG). The aim is to expand hydrogen hydrogen electromobility in Switzerland: In the next four years, 1’000 Hyundai H2 electric utility vehicles will be introduced and commissioned in Switzerland.
Until then, a nationwide H2 filling station network is also to be created, which means there is nothing to stand in the way of the breakthrough of hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
“In a hydrogen-powered vehicle, the convincing dynamics of the electric drive combine with the energy density of hydrogen: rapid fueling, long range, maximum safety, good performance, no CO2, no nitrogen oxides and soot particles,” explains Jörg Ackermann, President of the Förderverein H2 Mobilität Schweiz. The latter pursues the goal of establishing a nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations in Switzerland.
The hydrogen is produced by H2 Energy. The company already supplies the first H2 filling station in Hunzenschwil in the canton of Aargau. “We designed the world’s first H2 production cycle, which is 100 percent renewable. The electricity for the production of green hydrogen is obtained directly from a hydroelectric power plant. In the end, water vapor is the only emission that closes the circle, »adds Rolf Huber, Chairman of the Board of H2 Energy Holding AG.
Pioneer of H2 electromobility in Switzerland
In a hydrogen-powered vehicle, the hydrogen in the fuel cells reacts with oxygen, generating electricity and water. With the generated electricity, the electric motor is driven and the water escapes as the only emission from the exhaust. “Hyundai is a pioneer in the construction of hydrogen vehicles: we have been researching fuel cell technology since 1998. In 2013, we launched the world’s first mass-produced passenger car that runs exclusively on hydrogen, “explains Veljko Belamaric, Managing Director of Hyundai Suisse. Last year, the automaker doubled and presented the most advanced hydrogen vehicle on the market: the Hyundai NEXO. “The NEXO is one of the important steps in our sustainability strategy. The Hyundai Motor Group intends to expand its fuel cell system production capacity to 700,000 units per year by 2030. This underlines our clear commitment to a future of clean mobility. “
The Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy Holding AG proves that Hyundai is playing a pioneering role in hydrogen electromobility. By 2023, a fleet of 1’000 Hyundai hydrogen-powered trucks will be rolling across Swiss roads, which will be the first of its kind in the world. Hyundai expands its annual manufacturing capacity to 500,000 hydrogen-powered electric vehicles over the next 10 years.
Great interest in the environmentally friendly drive
During the event, attendees were given the opportunity to experience first-hand the entire cycle – from the production of hydrogen to the test drive of the new Hyundai NEXO – and to convince themselves of the environmentally friendly drive. The event, which was initiated by prominent politicians, attracted around 100 interested people, including numerous representatives from industry, business and the media.